Biography of Walter H. Watts
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Walter Hickman Watts. Recognized as one of the leading citizens of Elyria, where he is serving as justice of the peace, Mr. Watts is widely known throughout Lorain County. He was born in London, England, the son of William Andrews and Louisa (Hickman) Watts.

William Andrews Watts spent his entire life in newspaper work, for many years being identified with the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England. He met with an accidental death when 62 years of age, and his wife is also deceased. Both are buried in Manchester. She was the daughter of John Hickman, who was a prominent character in the social life of London during the early Victorian days. Walter Hickman, the subject of this sketch, is one of eleven children born to his parents, five of whom survive, and he is the only member of the family living in the United States.

Walter Hickman Watts was educated in England and received his early training in newspaper work on the Manchester Evening News. In 1892 he came to this country and was connected with a Cleveland newspaper for a short time. He later became city editor of the Sandusky Register. In 1894 he was appointed official court reporter of Erie County, which position he resigned in 1907, when he came to Elyria as official court reporter, and was thus engaged for a period of almost twenty three years. He assumed the office of justice of the peace in January, 1931.

On July 30, 1888, Mr. Watts married Miss Clara Reed, the daughter of Capt. William and Maria Reed, natives of England. Both are deceased and are buried in Elyria. Mr. and Mrs. Watts have two daughters: Alice Reed, married H. G. Beyer, lives at Lorain; and Dorothy Louise, lives at home.

Mr. Watts is a Republican and for a number of years served as president of the Elyria school board. He holds membership in the Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree, having been identified with that body since 1894. He also belongs to the Mystic Shrine, the Order of Eastern Star, the White Shrine of Jerusalem, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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